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Yeshayah/Isaiah  6:1 - 7:6,  9:5 - 6

Chapter 6

1 In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw my Lord sitting on a high and lofty throne, and its legs filled the Temple.  2 Seraphim stood above, at His service, six wings, six wings to each; with two it would cover its face, with two it would cover its legs, and with two it would fly.  3 And one would call to another and say, "Holy, holy, holy is Hashem, Master of Legions, the whole world is filled with His glory."  4 The doorposts moved many cubits at the sound of the calling, and the house became filled with smoke.

5 Then I said, "Woe is me for I shall die, for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell among a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, Hashem, Master of Legions."

6 One of the Seraphim flew to me and in his hand was a coal, which he took with tongs from atop the Altar.  7 He touched it to my mouth and said, "Behold! This has touched your lips; your iniquity is removed and your sin shall be atoned."

8 I heard the voice of my Lord saying, "Whom shall I send and who shall go for us?" And I said, "Here I am! Send me!"

9 He said, "Go and say to this people, 'Surely you hear, but you fail to comprehend; and surely you see, but you fail to know.  10 The heart of this people is fattened, its ears are heavy, and its eyes are sealed; lest it see with its eyes and hear with its ears and its heart understand, so that it will repent and be healed.' "

11 I said, "How long, my Lord?" And He said, "Until cities become desolate without an inhabitant, and houses are without a person, and the land becomes desolate, wasted.  12 Hashem will send the true man far away and there will be much forlornness in the midst of the land.  13 There will be ten more [kings] in it, then it shall regress and come barren; like a terebinth and an oak that, when their trunk casts off leaves, the trunk remains holy seed."

~ Sephardim and Chabad Chassidim conclude the Haftarah here. Ashkenazim continue. ~

Chapter 7

1 It was in the days of Ahaz son of Yotham son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah son of Remaliah, king of Israel, ascended to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not triumph over it.  2 It was told to the House of David, saying, "Aram has encamped with Ephraim." His heart and the heart of his people shuddered, as the trees of the forest shudder before the wind.

3 Hashem said to Isaiah, "Go now toward Ahaz, you and your son, Shear-jashub, to the edge of the conduit of the upper pool, on the path of the launderer's field.  4 Say to him - Stay behind, be calm, fear not, let your heart not grow faint before these two tails of smoking firebrands, before the burning wrath of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah.  5 Because Aram has counseled evil against you, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliahu, saying,  6 'Let us go up against Judah and cause it distress and sunder it for our benefit, and install the son of Tabe'el as king in it.' "

Chapter 9

5 For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us, and the authority will rest on his shoulders; He Who is Wondrous Advisor, Mighty God, Eternal Father shall give him the name, "Prince of Peace."  6 To him who will be great in authority, and have peace without limit upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to establish it and sustain it through justice and righteousness, from now to eternity — the zealousness of Hashem, Master of Legions, will accomplish this.


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